OXFORD – The Ole Miss men’s tennis team bolstered its future with the signing of Oxford native Zach Wilder, head coach Billy Chadwick announced Tuesday. Wilder will join the Rebels beginning this fall.
Wilder recently won his fourth Mississippi State High School singles title while also helping Oxford win the team title for the fourth year in a row. The All-State honoree has been a member of the Chargers since the seventh grade.
Many young tennis players elect to play in junior tournaments around the nation to improve their rankings and get noticed by elite college programs. Wilder was offered that opportunity by his high school coach, Louis Nash, but instead chose to stay and play for Oxford and help them win state championships, a trait that didn’t go unnoticed by Chadwick.
“We’re very excited about Zach joining our program,” Chadwick said. “He’s an outstanding young man, excellent tennis player, excellent student and has demonstrated at Oxford High School that he is a tremendous teammate. I know the Oxford tennis community will look forward to following his career as a Rebel.”
Tennis is in Wilder’s blood, as his father, Dr. Mark Wilder, was an All-American and All-SEC performer at the University of Alabama and was ranked as high as No. 287 in the world ATP rankings. The elder Wilder is the Dean of the University of Mississippi Patterson School of Accountancy.
Ole Miss recently concluded the season with their 18th consecutive NCAA appearance and junior Marcel Thiemann reaching the NCAA quarterfinals in singles for the second year in a row.
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